A number of NFL career records could fall this season. Here they are, thanks to the fine folks at pro-football-reference.com.
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning needs 18 touchdown passes to surpass Brett Favre, who finished his career with 508. Manning has never finished a season with less than 26 (the number he reached in three of his first four NFL seasons), so barring injury, this record seems likely to fall somewhere around the season’s midpoint.
Devin Hester, who’s now in Atlanta after eight seasons with Chicago, will surpass Deion Sanders for the NFL’s all-time lead in non-offensive touchdowns with his first kickoff or punt return for a score. Hester, 31, and Sanders are currently tied for the all-time lead with 19. However, Hester only has one kickoff or punt return over the last two seasons.
Likewise, Hester is tied with Leon Washington for the NFL’s all-time lead with eight kickoff returns for a touchdown. He hasn’t run one back since 2011, however. Washington, who’s currently with the Tennessee Titans, last had a kickoff return for a touchdown in 2012.
If the Colts play four postseason games (in other words, they advance to the Super Bowl as a wild-card team), place kicker Adam Vinatieri will tie Jerry Rice for the most playoff games started at 29.
Tom Brady will tie Rice at 29 if he starts three playoff games this season, and surpass him if New England is a wild-card team that advances to the Super Bowl.
The Raiders’ Charles Woodson, who turns 38 in October, will tie Rod Woodson (12) atop the NFL’s all-time list with one more interception return for a touchdown and surpass him with two. Woodson’s last pick-six was in 2011, however.
Jared Allen, now with the Bears, is tied with Ted Hendricks and Doug English atop the NFL’s list with four career safeties.